Yesterday was the big fund raising day for the “Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy”, Poland’s equivalent of the “Children in Need” appeal that is run by the BBC each year and has Pudsey the bear as its logo (Ahhh!):
Interestingly, the headquarters of WSOP are on ul. Niedźwiedzia which means something like “Bear Street”. Spooky!
Here is Zosia displaying her red heart to prove that we did part on WSOP day, in case anyone is awarding brownie points:
It is pointless to compare the two days, but lets do it anyway. In Poland, WOSP raises (being slightly generous) 35 million PLN each year, about 7.4 million GBP or 19 pence per head of population. In the UK, CiN in 2007 raised 19 million GBP, or 32 pence per head. Not a bad result for Poland, in my opinion.
A rather worse result for Poland, and for the UK (but a great result for Africa), is the amount raised by the other annual appeal day in the UK, Red Nose Day. This raised a whopping 67.7 million GBP in 2007, or one pound and 12 pence per head! Apparently, 60% of this goes to people living in poverty in Africa and 40% to help disadvantaged people and communities in the UK. That brings the total UK spend on such days up to one pound 44 pence per head, a full 7.5 times more than Poland’s 19 p. Is this just the British “support the underdog” character coming through, are the Brits 7.5 times richer than the Poles, do Poles not like giving their money away (rhetorical question) ?
Why are the UK citizens giving 3.5 times more to a charity that looks after Africans (and UK families) than they do to a charity that helps their own children in need. Doesn’t the saying go that “Charity begins at home.”? Perhaps all those stories of binge drinking layabout kids in the UK have convinced people that more money is not the kind of sorting-out they really need! Or is it that the UK is so shallow that it would rather give 3.5 times more to Red Nose Day because it offers the best entertainment value and does not have Terry Wogan as its host?
Too many questions, too few answers.